Report: Liverpool join Aston Villa in the race for Southampton's Matt Targett

Jurgen Klopp on the Liverpool parade bus after winning the UEFA Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 2, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

Southampton defender Matt Targett is reportedly attracting interest from Liverpool and Aston Villa this summer.

Jonathan Hogg of Huddersfield Town challenges Matt Targett of Southampton F.C.  during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Huddersfield Town at St Mary's Stadium on May 12,...

Liverpool have approached Southampton for their defender Matt Targett, who has also been reportedly attracting interest from newly-promoted Aston Villa. 

90min have claimed that Liverpool have made an enquiry for the Saints left-back as they want him to be an understudy to star man Andrew Robertson. 


Previously, The Sun reported that Villa are eyeing a £10 million move for the Southampton man as Dean Smith continues his spending spree following their promotion to England's top-flight. 

The 90min report claims that Liverpool, who won the Champions League in Madrid earlier this month, are in the market for a fullback after opting against renewing Alberto Moreno's contract. 

It is said that Villa have been credited for a move for Targett, but Liverpool have approached the Saints for the player, who would be interested in a move to the European champions. 

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) holds the European Champion Clubs' Cup trophy during an open-top bus parade around Liverpool, north-west England on June 2, 2019, after winning...

Targett has played backup to Ryan Bertrand at St Mary's in recent seasons, which has resulted in him going out on loan to earn more game time, just like he did two seasons ago when he moved to Fulham. 

There's no doubt that Targett would earn more game time at Aston Villa because, at this moment in time, only Neil Taylor is their only reconsigned left-sided fullback.

At Anfield, he would play second fiddle to Robertson, but it would mean that he would be playing for a team that is vying for the Premier League title and competing in Europe. 

Either way, a move to Villa or Liverpool would enhance Targett's career because he has stagnated at St Mary's due to the lack of game time - he started 17 games in all competitions last term [transfermarkt]

Matt Targett of Southampton acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, United...

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